Center Stone Shapes Education

Center Stone Shapes

Diamond shapes have evolved over the years as cutting techniques and our understanding of diamonds have advanced.

It goes without saying that the center stone's shape serves as the ring's main focal point, so understanding the different cuts will help you find your dream ring.

Today, in addition to the beauty and art of certain center stone shapes, various styles of cutting optimize certain traits of diamonds over others, so much so that, because of their cut, two ostensibly square diamonds may exhibit wildly different characteristics. 

It can be difficult to decide on a center stone shape with so many cuts available. Before choosing a shape for the center stone, it's important to consider the cost of each center stone shape, the degree of brilliance, the size and shape of your hand, and your unique style.

The most common cut shapes fall into two categories; Brilliant and Step cut diamonds.